Convert a Shipping Container Into a Sauna

Convert a Shipping Container Into a Sauna

Transocean Equipment Management explains how you can convert a shipping container into a sauna

There are many things you can do with a shipping container, and a sauna is one of them. Actually, they are perfect suited to these spaces because they are the right size for the job. You can put one in your backyard or on site at your business.

Saunas are essentially small rooms that can be heated to temperatures of 150°F to 195°F. They usually have wooden interiors, benches, temperature controls, and rocks as part of the heating element responsible for absorbing and giving off heat. You can pour water onto the rocks to create steam. They are often found in gyms and fitness centers but can act as stand-alone units on private property.

People enjoy sitting in saunas for the many benefits they offer. Such spaces increase body temperature by nearly four degrees Fahrenheit, causing blood vessels to widen and ensure an easier blood flow. Plus, it triggers excessive sweating, which helps to flush out fluid from the body.

Sauna Benefits

There are many benefits associates with saunas, such as:

  • Detoxification
  • Increased metabolism
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Weight loss
  • Pain reduction
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Improved sleep
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation

Building a sauna in your home may sound like an expensive and extravagant purchase, but you can offset those costs by converting a shipping container with some simple modifications. Now you can unwind in the privacy of your own home or yard without the need to travel back and forth to the gym.

This convenient way to alleviate stress and lose weight has prompted more and more homeowners to use shipping containers for their at-home saunas. The biggest benefit to a shipping container sauna is that it’s self-contained and easily transportable. So even if you move in the future, you can transport your sauna with you via a flat-bed truck.

Design Considerations

Shipping container saunas are low-maintenance structures that should be planned out well from a design stand point. Think about the layout and which configuration would be best for your steam room. You can even come up with multiple design options for a layout before settling on the best one. Computer software can help you achieve this easily.

Consider where the electric outlets in your sauna should be and how you will integrate them. For example, you’ll have to include an electrical supply if you plan on having an electric sauna stove. Or, you could power your sauna by installing solar panels to generate electricity.


It may sound difficult at first to convert a shipping container into a sauna, but with careful planning and guidance, you can easily create and enjoy your very own steam room.

You may want to add these modifications to your sauna:

  • Benches
  • Ventilation system
  • Heaters
  • Interior wood paneling
  • Shower unit
  • Racks for towels
  • Lighting
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Flooring

The features you add to your sauna will all depend on your budget and how luxurious you want to get.

Before you purchase a shipping container in the first place, make sure you look into permitting requirements in your town. You may have to get permission before setting a container on your property for use as a personal sauna.

You’ll also have to consider where you will put it. You can put it just outside your home so you can make a quick jaunt to it even in cold weather. This can be right outside a back door, or near a pool area to enhance your outdoor entertainment experience. Or, you can opt to place it inside your home, perhaps in a basement or home gym.

You will have to equip your sauna with all the right fixtures and elements, such as a non-permeable floor, proper steam ventilation and adequate room for electrical wiring.

In the end, the purpose is to enjoy your container no matter where you place it, and no matter what the purpose is (for your own enjoyment or for entertaining). Just be sure to put a good lock on the door so no one gets in when it’s not in use or being supervised.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Contact us today in either North Carolina or South Carolina for a free quote if you would like to purchase a shipping container to use as a sauna. We can connect you with the right details and modifications to customize your unit so it can become a fully-functional, enjoy and comfortable steam room.


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